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Should you go to Peggy’s Cove?

September 16, 2017
The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse.

Thousands of tourists flock here each year to see Peggy’s Point lighthouse, one of the most famous in Canada. But the town surrounding the lighthouse is equally as amazing.

We had planned to get there later in the day in hopes of encountering fewer people. But those plans were thrown to the wind when we arrived. There were throngs of people travelling on the tiny, winding roads and large tour buses weaving their way through the people.

I’m not sure what I expected, but I didn’t expect this. There were people everywhere.

It’s easy to see why people are attracted to this site. The lighthouse stands in all its glory on a beautiful weather-worn landscape looking out over the Atlantic Ocean. Its guiding beacon has been helping sailors since the 1860s.

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

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Peggy’s Cove

The village itself seems well-worn, but its fishing roots are still visible today. Locals are attached to the sea and depend on the livelihood it brings in with the catch of the day. But here, they also embrace the tourism industry who flock here.

I wandered through the streets pausing almost at every turn to see the village in a new, picturesque way. The buildings are a mix of bright hues and worn wood that easily reflect in the still water of the bay.

Surrounding the village is the Peggy’s Cove Preservation Area, a striking landscape of massive boulders lichen, and moss. The stones lean up against smaller rocks, which seem like they were just dropped there and let be.

Peggy’s Cove is both a natural and cultural wonder to explore. But for the love of all things good and beautiful, stay off the black rocks, lest you want to be swept into the sea forever.

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

The story of Peggy’s Cove starts and ends with a lighthouse. Should you go to this popular Nova Scotian tourist attraction? | My Wandering Voyage travel blog

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So, should you go to Peggy’s Cove?

Yes. There’s a reason that people love it so much. It truly is the quintessential Nova Scotian lighthouse ad fishing village. Everything about it is charming, and it’s something you won’t want to miss. But the crowd are almost unbearable.

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If you do decide to take your chances, head there at first light and enjoy sunrise up over the sea, or maybe take it in at night under the stars. Everything will seem more magical when you’re sharing the place with just the locals and the seabirds.

Do you know of a tourist attraction that is always crowded, but is one you can’t miss?

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12 Comments

  • Reply Emily Ní Cathaláin July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Oh my god the crowds!! They need to get to Ireland we have lighthouses to beat the band! Looks like such a cute little town though 🙂

  • Reply gab_gone_dutch July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    this is beautiful! I keep seeing more and more on Nova Scotia… I definitely need to add it to my list of where to visit!

  • Reply Jewels Rhode July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Peggy’s Cove looks lovely! I definitely want to visit and will be mindful of the black rocks 😉 Beautiful photos!

  • Reply Andrea Mujica July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    wow now i want to go!! loved all the pictures and the details are perfect!

  • Reply Emily Michelle Fata July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    LOVE Peggy’s Cove! I went there for the first time this summer and fell in love! You’ve captured the quaint beauty of this space in your post and pictures alike. Excellent job! 🙂

  • Reply The Middle Age Wanderer July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    What a beautiful spot. The warning sign, while serious, it is sad that tourist need such a warning sign.
    Nova Scotia is definitely on my list of places to visit. Your photo’s have just had me bump it up my list 🙂

  • Reply caroline July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Ooooo that’s a pretty lighthouse and that surrounding landscape is beautiful! Definitely looks like a spot that’s best enjoyed early in the morning when it’s not swarming with people.

  • Reply The Curious Creature July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    I really really really want to visit Nova Scotia — and I would def visit. Early morning visit it is.

  • Reply Sarah @ Endless Distances July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    LOVE that photo of the lighthouses reflected in the purple sunglasses. I was in Peggy’s Cove almost 10 years ago (omg that makes me feel old) and we absolutely loved it, my parents said it was like the US East Coast when they were growing up.

  • Reply Insatiable Traveler July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    It’s such a catch 22 for some places. You want tourism to feed wonderful locations but at the same time you don’t want it overrun. I agree, sounds like Peggy’s Cove would be best enjoyed early in the morning.

  • Reply Junglexploring July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Aww, I was in East Coast Canada last year but we didn’t make it to Nova Scotia! Such a pity, but it gives me a reason to go back! They told me you can also surf there but I’m not sure I wanna try that 😀

  • Reply Alice Lois Mazzanti July 21, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    The phishing village and lighthouse look very pretty and at the same time, I think, they could be the set of a ghost movie! Or maybe it’s the sign on the lighthouse that scared me a bit! Nice post, if I were in the area I would definitely visit

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